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understand from defense secretary panetta there were probably about seven or eight americans initially, and some, as you said, have gotten out. they talked to their families, but it is still really unclear what has happened to nem. >> it surprises me there's so little information. early this morning, you know, this raid had already begun. so the fact that information has been so slow to come out surprises me, i guess because it's a remote region. did the algerians give the u.s. a heads up before they conducted the raid, do we know? >> they did not. that's what we're told by u.s. officials, they didn't. that's one of the growing frustrations. everyone understands, of course, it was a very difficult operation and remains a difficult operation, but without that heads up, the u.s. and i have been talking to some european countries that are expressing some frustration with a lack of information, conflicting information, not enough information on the u.s. hostages. so that is saproblem. >> we're also learning from defense officials, the u.s. is increasing its role in the conflict in mali. ho
. >> and jill, i know the defense secretary panetta has made a statement about it today. is it possible the u.s. might take military action? >> well, they might. obviously, if they want to try to save the people who are in there being held hostage. but anderson, you know, there are two reasons that this group apparently is giving for having carried out this act. one is they say it's retaliation for algeria giving france the ability to fly over algerian territory, bringing as part of this military operation in mali. but the other thing they say is that they want the release of their own prisoners who are being held. a little unclear why they're being held, et cetera. but the u.s. officials that we've been speaking to believe that this was not just some type of opportunistic thing, that it was planned in advance, at least to some degree. >> bob, right now you had a failed french commando raid to release a french hostage in somalia, which didn't get a lot of attention. but that happened several days ago. two commandos i guess were killed, as well as apparently the hostage. how difficult an opera
know defense secretary panetta has made a statement about it today. is it possible the u.s. might take military action? >> they might if they want to try to i have sa the people in there being held whose tahostag. there are two reasons this group is giving for having carried out this act. they say it is retaliation for algeria giving france the ability to fly over algerian territory. they want the release of their prisoners that are being held. the u.s. officials we have been speaking to believe this was not just some type of opportunistic thing that was planned in advance at least to some degree. >> right now, you have had a failed french commando raid to release a french hostage in somalia which didn't get a lot of attention. that happened several days ago. two commandos were killed as well as apparently the hostage. how difficult an operation would it be to actually send folks in there? >> it would be extremely difficult. a large land force. the french only have a couple thousand soldiers in mali. how well-armed are these people? if they have surface air missiles, it will not be qui
the hostages being held right now tonight by islamic extremists in algeria. defense secretary leon panetta is calling it a terrorist attack. the hostages were taken when about 20 extremists attacked a gas field. this is a file picture of the field. it's in the eastern part of algeria. it's partly owned by the energy company bp. now algeria's interior minister said that two people were killed in the attack. it's believed to be retaliation for algeria's support for the french offensive in mali. a u.s. state department official said that as many as ten americans were work at the oil field. the state department hasn't said how many of them right now may be hostages. we are told a special operations team is standing by, quote, on a very short string. obviously this is a very fluid situation. i'm joined no by cnn foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty and former cia officer bob baer. jill, you've been working your sources today. what is the latest? >> we believe obviously this happened at a gas field. if you look at the map, it's in eastern algeria. that's 37 miles from the libyan border.
pa net athe defense secretary, said there were probably about seven to eight americans, but i have to say, you know, throughout the day, the numbers on all of this, where they are, who might be injured or any other condition is not really known. and the numbers of people who have been killed in this operation have really been all over the map. >> it's kind of odd to hear that they are taking a break. i mean if they've launched an operation to try to free hostages, the idea of taking a break in the middle of that operation seems very odd to me. i haven't really heard of operations where that has happened. and i was also surprised to learn that the u.s. was not informed or given a heads-up before they conducted this raid, right? >> in fact, yes. the u.s. officials that we've been speaking to say that they were not given a heads-up that this was going to take place, and that has create someday problems. this one official that we spoke to said that they actually, the united states, had urged and cautioned the algerians to be very careful in carrying this out to make the priority really
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